A homeless man from Tallahassee, Florida, has landed a job at McDonald’s after a policeman helped him shave and look presentable for his interview.
Phil (whose last name is being withheld by authorities for privacy purposes) was due to have an interview in a McDonald’s in Florida, for which he was told that if he turned up freshly shaven, he could have the opportunity to get the job.
Phil had managed to purchase a razor, but it had stopped working while he was trying to shave outside a petrol station. This is when he spotted police officer Tony Clarkson and asked him if he knew how to fix the razor.
Without much hesitation, Tony stepped in, tied the loose screw on his razor, and helped him shave off the rest of his beard.
The act was caught on camera, and needless to say, went viral soon after it was posted to Facebook:
Shortly after, officer Carlson appeared in a video posted by the Tallahassee police department, where he explained what had happened in more detail:
“He seemed excited about [the job]…if he’s wanting to help himself, I need to be helpful and try to help him out the best I can.
He was excited that there was a chance that he was gonna get a job if he just did this simple thing of trying to clean up.”
Officer Carlson remained humble, even after his act of kindness went viral, LadBible reported:
“I like to think of us more as peace officers first, law enforcement officers second. You go to a scene and you try to resolve it with a positive ending, and something that’s gonna last.
There’s a time and place to arrest people and take them to jail, of course, but if you can help and fix the situation to [help] it get better, the chances are you’re not gonna have to come back out there later”
Phil is now doing well, proving his worth at the new job, and showing that hard work and dedication, with the help of a little kindness, can go a long way.